Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Japanese PM survives vote challenge

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has survived a challenge to his leadership

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has survived a challenge to his leadership after being re-elected as president of the ruling Democratic Party.

Mr Kan defeated challenger Ichiro Ozawa, a veteran powerbroker with a 40-year political career.

Mr Kan's victory means Japan will be spared another change in leadership, as the country confronts a surging yen and spat with China over a collision near disputed islands.